Kaboom! – Ready Player One Video Game Replay

A lone bomber stands at the top of the screen, against a grey background, ready to drop bombs into the green void below.

Activision’s bomb-dropping Kaboom! plays a minor role in the Ready Player One novel, appearing on a single line with classic Atari 2600 games like Combat, Space Invaders, and Yar’s Revenge. In the real world, it was released in 1982 and sold over a million cartridges by 1983. Me? Despite its documented fame, I didn’t play Kaboom until I started the Ready Player One … Read more

Pitfall – Ready Player One Video Game Replay

Pitfall Harry - an 8-bit stick figure - swings across a blue pond filled with three green alligators. Brown tree trunks and a green canopy appear in the background.

Released in 1982 by Activation, Pitfall features the adventures of Pitfall Harry as he runs, jumps, and swings his way through an alligator and scorpion-filled jungle in order to recover a variety of treasures. Pitfall sold over four million copies. It plays a minor role in Ready Player One as one of the Atori 2600 games found … Read more